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post #16 of 57
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Originally Posted by cheelayyy View Post


50-80


You can get a Fiio E17, $120, it has a DAC so you can do without a sound card, but if you plan to use the sound card's gaming features,  the Fiio E11, amp only, $80.


Edited by proton007 - 11/11/12 at 7:10pm
post #17 of 57
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You can get a Fiio E17, $120, it has a DAC so you can do without a sound card, but if you plan to use the sound card's gaming features,  the Fiio E11, amp only, $80.

okay thanks! :D

post #18 of 57
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okay thanks! :D


question though could i get the e11 and soundcard and it would power the 558's

post #19 of 57
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question though could i get the e11 and soundcard and it would power the 558's


Use the line out from the Xonar into the E11.

post #20 of 57
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Use the line out from the Xonar into the E11.


fair enough thanks man

post #21 of 57
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fair enough thanks man


No Problem.

post #22 of 57

Used Sennheiser HD558s on eBay, current bid is $99 ($7 shipping).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sennheiser-HD-558-Headband-Headphones-Titan-/221150257081?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item337d951fb9

 

I've tested the Sennheiser HD558 connected straight into Asus Xonar DG. the sound is fairly good.

 

But nothing wrong with using the Fiio E11

B&H Photo has it right now for $51 shipped.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?is=REG&Q=&A=details&O=productlist&sku=817189


Edited by PurpleAngel - 11/11/12 at 8:35pm
post #23 of 57
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Used Sennheiser HD558s on eBay, current bid is $99 ($7 shipping).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sennheiser-HD-558-Headband-Headphones-Titan-/221150257081?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item337d951fb9

 

I've tested the Sennheiser HD558 connected straight into Asus Xonar DG. the sound is fairly good.

 

But nothing wrong with using the Fiio E11

B&H Photo has it right now for $51 shipped.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?is=REG&Q=&A=details&O=productlist&sku=817189


@PurpleAngel,

What do you think about the HD25-I ii ?  They should be fairly well driven by the Xonar, given their impedance (70 Ohms) is flat.

post #24 of 57
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@PurpleAngel,

What do you think about the HD25-I ii ?  They should be fairly well driven by the Xonar, given their impedance (70 Ohms) is flat.

I really know about zero about the Senn HD25-1 II, except it seem to get good feedback on Head-Fi.

At 70-Ohm, should work at least decently well (or fairly good) on the Xonar DG(X).

Might have to buy the HD25-1 II for my ears to check them out myself.

post #25 of 57
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I really know about zero about the Senn HD25-1 II, except it seem to get good feedback on Head-Fi.

At 70-Ohm, should work at least decently well (or fairly good) on the Xonar DG(X).

Might have to buy the HD25-1 II for my ears to check them out myself.


Either this or the Amperior. 

post #26 of 57

I'd seriously skip the amp and put it all into the phones'

 

There are really good phones' available @ around $200 (I like full size, not pad-on- or "in ear). Generally more comfortable.

 

Senn 598s if you can get em cheap would be really good

Audio Technica ATH M50

AKG 271

 

I would also be interested in Senn 449s as they are cheap but updated. Anything from Grado would also be tempting, either the SR80i (a recent Consumer Report Best Value) or 225i.

 

I wouldn't worry too much about impedance either, a modern soundcard will likely do justice to anything in and around that price level. I ran Senn HD 595s for years on my comp, and it was plenty loud and detailed and NICE! Also, those rate at about 50 Ohms, which is higher than "entry" typically is (about 32 ohms). I never tried a higher impedance, but I think I could probably have gotten away with 100-150 ohms provided the cans were pretty efficient.

post #27 of 57
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I wouldn't worry too much about impedance either, a modern soundcard will likely do justice to anything in and around that price level. I ran Senn HD 595s for years on my comp, and it was plenty loud and detailed and NICE! Also, those rate at about 50 Ohms, which is higher than "entry" typically is (about 32 ohms). I never tried a higher impedance, but I think I could probably have gotten away with 100-150 ohms provided the cans were pretty efficient.

 

I'm not really that concerned about the 50 Ohms (even though its still too low for an output impedance of 10 Ohms, something like 70+ would be better). Its the variation of that impedance. Soundcards normally cannot supply enough voltage for 300 Ohms, and with 50 its just not matched properly.

post #28 of 57

Would any of the headphones mentioned be good for OP's use in competitive gaming?

post #29 of 57
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Would any of the headphones mentioned be good for OP's use in competitive gaming?


I think his primary use is music.

post #30 of 57

Is it? His original post said, "I will also use these for gaming (at a competitive level)"

And aside from the Senn 5xx series, I don't see the other headphones recommended for gaming. As long as OP knows the potential trade-off he's making... 

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